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Answers and More Answers from the Freakonomics Q&A

April 30, 2010 by


About two weeks ago we volunteered to take questions from the readers at The request for questions generated 60 responses.  Our responses – to ten of these questions – have now been posted.  So please check these out and let us know what you think (and we want to thank Freakonomics for the opportunity […]

Another Familiar Award Story?

April 30, 2010 by


Once again an award has been given by the NBA. And once again, the leading scorer eligible for the award is the winner. Tyreke Evans – who led all rookies with 1,450 points scored – has been named Rookie of the Year.  Stephen Curry – who finished second in scoring – finished second in voting.  […]

A Fun LeBron Story in the Wall Street Journal

April 29, 2010 by


Here is a fun story from David Biderman of the Wall Street Journal.  In “LeBron’s So Great, Can We Share Him?” , Biderman asks an interesting question:  What if the Nets and Knicks both hired LeBron for next season?  Biderman went through the schedule and established that it’s possible for LeBron to play 41 games […]

A Familiar Award Story

April 28, 2010 by


This story sounds very familiar, so I will make this brief. Jamal Crawford was the overwhelming choice of sportswriters for the 6th Man Award.  Of the 122 sportswriters who voted, 110 chose Crawford for this award.  The official press release from the NBA explains why Crawford was so popular with the voters. Crawford, Atlanta’s second […]

ESPN Milwaukee Today

April 27, 2010 by


I am scheduled to be on ESPN Radio in Milwaukee at 3:40 EST (yes, in about 10 minutes).  We will be discussing the Milwaukee Bucks (and Stumbling on Wins). Sorry for the short notice on this.  Here is a link to the website where you can listen live. 540 ESPN Milwaukee – DJ

Carmelo Anthony Says He Needs Help

April 26, 2010 by


The notion that Carmelo Anthony is not Denver’s most productive player has been noted in this forum in the past.  And this past year this story has remained the same.  Anthony finished the 2009-10 season with a 0.112 WP48 [Wins Produced per 48 minutes] and 6.1 Wins Produced.  Of the eight players who played at […]

Aaron Brooks is Not the MIP in 2009-10

April 22, 2010 by


It will be a few more days before I complete my analysis of the 2009-10 regular season.  That analysis will include updating the Wins Produced model with the 2009-10 team data and evaluating each player’s productivity.  So the numbers I have right now will change a bit (not very much, though).  Given the numbers I […]

Amazing NBA Seasons and How Love Can Make Your Team Better

April 21, 2010 by


A quick note… we have many questions from Freakonomics to answer (would like to get these answered by tomorrow).  Plus this is the last day of classes at Southern Utah University.  So this post is going to be short (yet hopefully still interesting). ilikeflowers – a frequent commentator in this forum – asked the following […]

A Winner in the Fourth Contest!!

April 20, 2010 by


And we have a winner!! The fourth contest in the Stumbling on Wins promotion was as follows: There are four NBA playoff games on Sunday involving Orlando, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, LA Lakers, San Antonio, Dallas, Portland, and Phoenix.  Which player – in these games – will post the highest PAWS?  Please give a name and […]

A Comeuppance Comment

April 19, 2010 by


The 2010 True Hoop Stat Geek Smackdown has begun.  In introducing this year’s line-up, Henry Abbott made the following statement: “….2009 champion David Berri is all over the Web promoting his book about the foolish mistakes of professional sports executives. I’ve had a few e-mails from NBA front-office people eager to see him get his […]